Evaluation of the Separated Parents Are Raising Kids (SPARK) program
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Evaluation of the Separated Parents Are Raising Kids (SPARK) program

 

Human Research Ethics Approval Number - H20REA054

Description
This project is being undertaken as part of a Bachelor of Science (Honours) major in Psychology project and is partially supported by a sponsored research agreement with CatholicCare Social Services Southern Queensland. The purpose of this project is to evaluate whether participation in CatholicCare Separated Parents are Raising Kids (SPARK) program had an effect on your psychological well-being and parenting skills. Research has shown psychoeducational programs for divorced parents can decrease inter-parent conflict and increase effective co-parenting, enhance parent-child relationships, and improve parent self-care and child well-being.  The factors to be examined include parental self-care, parent-child relationship and inter-parent relationship. The research team requests your assistance because as a previous SPARK program attendee you can provide valuable insight regarding what aspects of the program were most useful and what aspects could be improved.

Participation
Your participation will involve completion of an online questionnaire that will take approximately 60 minutes of your time and a follow-up phone call consisting of open questions about the SPARK program satisfaction and acceptability. Questions will include questions such as,

“We agree on general standards for our child’s behaviour”

AND

“I tended to over-react to situations”

Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary.  If you do not wish to take part, you are not obliged to.  If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage. You will be unable to withdraw data collected about yourself after the data has been analysed. If you do wish to withdraw from this project or withdraw data collected about you, please contact the Research Team (contact details at the top of this form). Your decision whether you take part, do not take part, or to take part and then withdraw, will in no way impact your current or future relationship with the University of Southern Queensland or CatholicCare Social Services Southern Queensland.

Expected Benefits
It is expected that this project will directly benefit you through self-reflection.  Additionally, the results of the study will benefit CatholicCare and more specifically, future participants of the SPARK program as the findings will be used to improve the modules and the program.

Risks
In participating in the questionnaire, there are minimal risks such as experiencing discomfort.  Otherwise, there is no anticipated physical, social, economic, or legal risk involved in participating. Sometimes thinking about the sorts of issues raised in the questionnaire can create some uncomfortable or distressing feelings. If you need to talk to someone about this immediately, please contact:

  • CatholicCare: 1300 477 433
  • USQ’s Psychology clinic Toowoomba Clinic: (+617) 4631 1763
  • (24/7) Country Callback line on 1800 54 33 54
  • (24/7) Lifeline on 13 11 14.
  • (24/7) Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636

You may also wish to consider consulting your General Practitioner (GP) for additional support.

Privacy and Confidentiality
All comments and responses will be treated confidentially unless required by law. Your name and contact details will be stored separately to any survey data. The non-identifiable data will be made available for future research purposes for full unspecified use.  The data will be stored electronically on a secured, encrypted, password-protected network within the University of Southern Queensland and the results will be published as part of the honours project thesis. Furthermore, the results will be shared with CatholicCare Social Services Southern Queensland also. Participants will be provided with a summary of the results by contacting the researchers. The project is partially funded by a sponsored research agreement with CatholicCare Social Services Southern Queensland. Any data collected as a part of this project will be stored securely as per University of Southern Queensland’s Research Data Management policy. Electronic data will be stored on password-protected university computers/servers.

Questions or Further Information about the Project
Please refer to the Research Team Contact Details below if you have any questions or to request further information about this project.

Concerns or Complaints Regarding the Conduct of the Project
If you have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project, you may contact the University of Southern Queensland Manager of Research Integrity and Ethics on (+617) 4631 1839 or email researchintegrity@usq.edu.au. The Manager of Research Integrity and Ethics is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an unbiased manner.

Research Team Contact Details
Principal Investigator Details    
Dr Carol du Plessis
Email:  
Carol.duPlessis@usq.edu.au
Telephone: (+617) 3812 6199

Other Investigator Details    
Ms Jennifer Crathern
Email:  
u1117608@usq.edu.au

 


Consent to Participate

  • Have read and understood the information document regarding this project.
  • Have had any questions answered to your satisfaction.
  • Understand that if you have any additional questions you can contact the research team.
  • Are over 18 years of age.
  • Understand that any data collected may be used in future research activities.
  • Agree to a follow-up phone call from a member of the research team listed above.

Agreeing to participate in the project.
Clicking on the 'Accept' button below is accepted as an indication of your consent to participate in this research.

 
Please read each statement and select which indicates how much the statement applied to you over the past week:

I found it hard to wind down

I was aware of dryness of my mouth

I couldn't seem to experience any positive feeling at all

I experienced breathing difficulty (eg, excessively rapid breathing, breathlessness in the absence of physical exertion)

I found it difficult to work up the initiative to do things

I tended to over-react to situations

I experienced trembling (eg, in the hands)

I felt that I was using a lot of nervous energy

I was worried about situations in which I might panic and make a fool of myself

I felt that I had nothing to look forward to

I found myself getting agitated

I found it difficult to relax

I felt down-hearted and blue

I was intolerant of anything that kept me from getting on with what I was doing

I felt I was close to panic

I was unable to become enthusiastic about anything

I felt I wasn't worth much as a person

I felt that I was rather touchy

I was aware of the action of my heart in the absence of physical exertion (eg, sense of heart rate increase, heart missing a beat)

I felt scared without any good reason

I felt that life was meaningless

0 Did not apply to me at all
1 Applied to me to some degree, or some of the time
2 Applied to me to a considerable degree, or a good part of time
3 Applied to me very much, or most of the time
Please give your answers on the basis of your child's behaviour over the last six months:

Considerate of other people‟s feelings

Restless, overactive, cannot stay still for long

Often complains of headaches, stomach-aches, or sickness

Shares readily with other young people, for example CDs, games, food

Often loses temper

Would rather be alone than with other young people

Generally well behaved, usually does what adults request

Many worries or often seems worried

Helpful if someone is hurt, upset or feeling ill

Constantly fidgeting or squirming

Has at least one good friend

Often fights with other young people or bullies them

Often unhappy, depressed or tearful

Generally liked by other young people

Easily distracted, concentration wanders

Nervous in new situations, easily loses confidence

Kind to younger children

Often lies or cheats

Picked on or bullied by other young people

Often volunteers to help others (parents, teachers, children)

Thinks things out before acting

Steals from home, school or elsewhere

Gets along better with adults than with other young people

Many fears, easily scared

Good attention span, sees chores or homework through to the end

When my child misbehaves...
Before I do something about a problem...
When I’m upset or under stress...
When I tell my child NOT to do something...
When my child pesters me...
When my child misbehaves...
I threaten to do things that...
I am the kind of parent that...
When my child misbehaves...
When my child misbehaves...
If saying no doesn’t work right away...
When I want my child to stop doing something...
When my child is out of sight...
After there’s been a problem with my child...
When we’re not at home...
When my child does something I don’t like...
When there is a problem with my child...
When my child misbehaves I spank, slap, grab, or hit my child...
When my child doesn’t do what I ask...
When I give a fair threat or warning...
If saying “no” doesn’t work...
When my child misbehaves...
When my child misbehaves...
If my child misbehaves and then acts sorry...
When my child misbehaves...
When I say my child can’t do something...
When I have to handle a problem...
When my child does something I don’t like, I insult my child, say mean things, or call my child names
If my child talks back or complains when I handle a problem...
If my child gets upset when I say “no”...

For the following questions please select:

Do you feel friendly toward your former spouse?

Do your children feel friendly toward your former spouse?

Are gifts to the children a problem between you and your former spouse?

Is visitation a problem between you and your former spouse?

Do you have friendly talks with your former spouse?

Is your former spouse a good parent?

Do your children see your former spouse as often as you would like?

Do your children see your former spouse as often as s/he would like?

Do you and your former spouse agree on discipline for the children?

Are your children harder to handle after a visit with your former spouse?

Do you and your former spouse disagree in front of the children?

Do the children take sides in disagreements between you and your former spouse?

Are alimony or child support payments a problem between you and your former spouse?

Do your children feel hostile toward your former spouse?

Does your former spouse say things about you to the children that you don’t want them to hear?

Do you say things about your former spouse to the children that s/he wouldn’t want them to hear?

Do you have angry disagreements with your former spouse?

Do you feel hostile toward your former spouse?

Does your former spouse feel hostile toward you?

Can you talk to your former spouse about problems with the children?

Do you have a friendly divorce or separation?

Are pick‐ups and drop‐offs of the children between you and your former spouse a difficult time?

Does your spouse encourage your child to live with him or her?

Have you adjusted to being divorced/separated from your former spouse?

Has your former spouse adjusted to being divorced from you?

1 = Almost never
2 = Some of the time
3 = Much of the time
4 = Almost always
How often does each of these statements describe your relationship and/or interactions with your former partner?
(If you have been divorce/separated multiple times please reference your most
recent divorce/separation)

We have similar rules for our child

We agree on general standards for our child’s behavior

My former partner is a resource to me in raising our child

We have similar goals and expectations for our child

We ask each other for advice and/or help in childrearing decisions

We support each other during difficult parenting decisions

Conversations between us are tense and/or sarcastic

My former partner criticizes or belittles me

Interactions with my former partner are unpleasant and/or uncomfortable

During disagreements, my former partner yells or screams at me

We express contempt or dislike for each other

My former partner is sarcastic or makes jokes about my parenting

I criticize or belittle my former partner

I ask our child about my former partner’s personal life

I am sarcastic or make jokes about my former partner’s parenting

Rather than expressing my opinions with him/her directly, I share my frustrations about my former partner with our child

I try to show that I am better than my former partner with our child

Rather than expressing his/her opinions with me directly, my former partner shares his/her frustrations about me with our child

When we argue, our child takes sides

My former partner sends messages to me through our child

My former partner asks our child about my personal life

Our child joins in or takes sides when my former partner and I disagree

(1) Never; (2) Rarely; (3) Infrequently; (4) Occasionally; (5) Usually; (6) Always
How would you rate the quality of the service you and your child received?
Did you receive the type of help you wanted from the program?
To what extent has the program met your child's needs?
To what extent has the program met your needs?
How satisfied were you with the amount of help you and your child received?
Has the program helped you to deal more effectively with your child's behaviour?
Has the program, helped you to deal more effectively with problems that arise in your family?
Do you think your relationship with your partner has been improved by the program?
In an overall sense, how satisfied are you with the program you and your child received?
If you were to seek help again, would you come back to this program?
Has the program helped you to develop skills that can be applied to other family members?
In your opinion, how is your child's behaviour at this point?
How would you describe your feelings at this point about your child's progress?
Since beginning this program, have you sought further assistance for your child's behaviour or for your family from any other source? If so, please describe?
Have you had any other problems with your child which you feel may be related to the original difficulty?
Do you have any other comments about this program?
For the following questions please select:

I often have the feeling that I cannot handle things very well

I find myself giving up more of my life to meet my child's needs than I ever expected

I feel trapped by my responsibilities as a carer

Since having this child, I have been unable to do new and different things I like to do

Since having a child, I feel that I am almost never able to do things that I like to do

I am unhappy with the last purchase of clothing I made for myself

There are quite a few things that bother me about my life

Having a child has caused me more problem than I expected in my relationship with my spouse (or male / female friend)

I feel alone and without friends

When I go to a party, I usually expect not to enjoy myself

I am not as interested in people as I used to be

I don’t enjoy things as I used to

My child rarely does things for me that make me feel good

Sometimes I feel my child doesn’t like me and doesn’t want to be close to me

My child smiles at me much less than I expected

When I do things for my child, I get the feeling my efforts are not appreciated much

When playing, my child doesn’t often giggle or laugh

My child doesn’t seem to learn as quickly as most children

My child doesn’t seem to smile as much as most children

My child is not able to do as much as I expected

It takes a long time and it is very hard for my child to get used to new things

SA = Strongly Agree

A = Agree

NS = Not Sure

D = Disagree

SD = Strongly Disagree

For the next statement, please choose your respsonses from choices "1" to "4" below

I feel I am:

I feel I am:

1 = Not very good at being a parent

2 = A person who has some trouble being a parent

3 = A better than average parent

4 = A very good parent

For the following questions please select:

I expected to have warmer feeling for my child than I do and this bothers me

Sometimes my child does things that bother me just to be mean

My child seems to cry or fuss more often than most foster children

My child generally wakes up in a bad mood

I feel that my child is very moody and easily upset

My child does a few things which bother me a great deal

My child reacts very strongly when something happens that my foster child doesn’t like

My child gets upset easily over the smallest things

My child’s sleeping or eating schedule was much harder to establish than I expected

SA = Strongly Agree

A = Agree

NS = Not Sure

D = Disagree

SD = Strongly Disagree

For the next statement, please choose your response from choices "1" to "5"

I have found that getting my child to do something or stop doing something is:

1 = Much harder than I expected

2 = Somewhat harder than I expected

3 = About as hard as I expected

4 = Somewhat easier than I expected

5 = Much easier than I expected

I have found that getting my child to do something or stop doing something is:

For the next statement, please choose your responses from choices "10" to "1-3"

Think carefully and count the number of things which your child does that bother you, For example: refuses to listen, overactive, cries, interrupts, fights, whines, etc.

1 = 10+

2 = 8-9

3 = 6-7

4 = 4-5

5 = 1-3

Think carefully and count the number of things which your child does that bother you, For example: refuses to listen, overactive, cries, interrupts, fights, whines, etc

For the following questions please select:

There are somethings my child does that really bother me a lot

My child turned out to be more of a problem than I had expected

My child makes more demands on me than most children

SA = Strongly Agree

A = Agree

NS = Not Sure

D = Disagree

SD = Strongly Disagree

(This question is mandatory)
Please select your age
(This question is mandatory)
Please nominate your gender
(This question is mandatory)
First Nations or Torres Strait Islander origin
(This question is mandatory)
Country of birth
(This question is mandatory)
Household composition
(This question is mandatory)
Highest education level
(This question is mandatory)
Have you ever participated in a parenting orders program before?
(This question is mandatory)
Have you been through the process of separation/divorce?
(This question is mandatory)
Number of children
(This question is mandatory)
Current court orders/Parenting plans